Honor for Expo’s Dog Barn

Smiles were plentiful during the 2017 King County Fair, particularly in the Dog Barn. Showing off the ribbon awarded to the fair were, from left, Haley Dumontet from Enumclaw, with chocolate lab Coco; Catherine Kirschbaum, also from Enumclaw; Anne-Lise Nilsen, dog project superintendent (holding the ribbon); and Emile DeBoer from Auburn, age 14, holding her Havanese Milo. Contributed photo

Dogs took top honors during a recent review of the 2017 King County Fair.

All aspects of the fair, which concluded a four-day run July 16 at the Enumclaw Expo Center, were evaluated by a commissioner from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Teresa Norman was impressed enough to bestow the prestigious “Black and White” ribbon upon the Dog Barn.

In written comments, Norman noted there are no established criteria for awarding the ribbon. “The only ‘rule’ is that it must denote excellence,” she wrote. “I chose to give the Black and White to the Dog Barn because it was excellent in so many ways.

Specifically, Norman was impressed with the kids showing their dogs. They were “wonderful and personable and excited to talk about their pets and their 4-H experience,” she wrote. The commissioner also was impressed by the education materials found in the Dog Barn, along with the well-maintained facilities.

“The place was lively and had a good vibe coming from it that drew folks in. In short: excellence.”